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US Army Garrison-Detroit Arsenal Receives DNRE Neighborhood Environmental Partners Program Award

Contact: Mary Dettloff (517) 335-3014
Agency: Natural Resources

August 4, 2010 

The Department of Natural Resources today presented the US Army Garrison-Detroit Arsenal and its community partners the DNRE Neighborhood Environmental Partners (NEP) Program Award for their outstanding commitment to environmental community outreach.  

The NEP Awards Program was developed by DNRE to recognize facilities and their community partners who have worked together on environmental and natural resource projects to improve the environment locally in their communities. 

"US Army Garrison-Detroit Arsenal has worked diligently in the community to help recycle items such as eyeglasses and cell phones to help reduce the waste stream in Southeast Michigan," said DNRE Director Rebecca Humphries. "I am pleased to announce this award and recognize their commitment to the environment." 

The US Army Garrison-Detroit Arsenal is receiving an NEP Award for sponsoring an Earth Day event at its facility.  Numerous businesses and local and state agencies participated in the daylong event billed to highlight the facilities' environmental activities and programs.  The US Army Garrison-Detroit Arsenal is also receiving the NEP award for its efforts in instituting several collection and donation programs.  The US Army Garrison-Detroit Arsenal has collected and donated over 1,800 pairs of glasses and 20 hearing aids with the help of the local area Lions Club.  The US Army Garrison-Detroit Arsenal also collected and recycled over 2,000 cell phones and 41 beepers, with the proceeds going to charity.  The arsenal also donated unused office materials and equipment to area schools and nonprofit organizations.  Other projects include holding an electronic waste collection, which resulted in 12.5 tons of waste collected and promoting the use of van pooling with its associates to reduce traffic and fuel costs.  

Further information on the NEP Program is available on the DNRE website at www.michigan.gov/deqnep, or by calling the DNRE, Environmental Assistance Center at 1-800-662-9278. 

The Department of Natural Resources and Environment is committed to the conservation, protection, management, and accessible use and enjoyment of the state's environment, natural resources and related economic interests for current and future generations. Learn more at www.michigan.gov/dnre. 

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